Sir Bobby Charlton: England 1966 World Cup hero and Manchester United legend has dementia, FA confirms

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Sir Bobby Charlton, one of England's greatest footballers, has been diagnosed with dementia.

The news about the Manchester United legend was confirmed on Twitter by the Football Association, which sent its best wishes to him and his family.

And a statement from Sir Bobby's club read: "Everyone at Manchester United is saddened that this terrible disease has afflicted Sir Bobby Charlton and we continue to offer our love and support to Sir Bobby and his family."

Earlier in the day, The Telegraph said his wife Lady Norma Charlton was happy for her husband's diagnosis to be reported, in a bid to raise awareness of the disease.

The 83-year-old star is best known for being part of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup final against West Germany 4-2.

The announcement of his dementia comes after the deaths of his former Man Utd teammate 78-year-old Nobby Stiles on Friday, and his brother Jack Charlton in July. Both were diagnosed with the disease in later life.

The trio were in the World Cup-winning team, alongside others including Ray Wilson and Martin Peters.

Both Wilson and Peters also had dementia. They died in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

The current England captain Harry Kane, offered his best wishes.

Former England footballer Gary Lineker tweeted: "Yet another hero of our 1966 World Cup winning team has been diagnosed with dementia.

"Perhaps the greatest of them all @Sir Bobby. This is both sad and deeply concerning."

The National Football Museum tweeted: "Sad news regarding our president, Sir Bobby Charlton, who has been diagnosed with dementia. Thoughts with Lady Norma, family and friends in what has been a very tough year."

And Waterford FC posted this message: "We would like to wish former Waterford FC player Sir Bobby Charlton the very best after his recent diagnosis with dementia.

"Sir Bobby made three appearances for the Blues in 1976. Best wishes to Sir Bobby, his wife Lady Norma Ball and the Charlton family."

The news about Sir Bobby's condition will raise further questions about the link between football and the brain disease.

In October 2019, a study found former footballers are three-and-a-half times more likely to die from dementia than non-players in the same age range.

The report, commissioned by the FA and the Professional Footballers' Association, assessed the medical records of 7,676 men who played professional football between 1900 and 1976.

Their records were matched against more than 23,000 individuals from the general population.

The study's findings came 17 years after former England and West Brom striker Jeff Astle died at the age of 59 with what a coroner described as an "industrial injury".